Top of the pack for Contractor Scheduling Software (says Google !!)

We like being on top.

It makes it easier for us to meet folks like you.

Since 2004, we've been showing up on the 1st page of Google, Yahoo and other search engines for keywords relating to construction scheduling.  Anyone using Google to find help with construction scheduling, will not only find us, but find us at or very near the top of the pack.

So what does this mean for you, the guy looking for a software solution?

Simply, we're the most relevant for your search and worth a look, if you're looking.

Our customers are contractors, regular business owners, artisans perhaps. Like you, they're looking for help. And all they need to run BuildIT is a computer with Internet access, and a desire to improve their scheduling, and business organization.

We're looking foward to meeting you... officially!  Raise your hand, let us know who you are, by clicking that big green button up there in the top right of the screen, and we'll see you on the inside.

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

The Swiss Army knife of construction software !?

I saw an ad in the January 2008 Construction Executive magazine for an estimating software company. The text read:

"He thought all-in-one software meant "all-is-well" software. He thought wrong."

And there's a picture of this frazzled guy in a suit going balistic. I love it, and I agree.

Made me think about the landscape of construction software options you are likely coming across in your research. And the opinions offered by the self-appointed professionals (read: sales guys that want to sell you their software) on what you should consider before buying software.

For most small to mid sized construction businesses, having one software system that does it all may sound good in theory, but it rarely works. Imagine a mechanic having one tool that does it all - I picture a Swiss Army knife type ratchet that weighs 100 LBS and does as many things.

So what about the Swiss Army knife of construction software? If it exists, it has to cover a lot of ground, end to end, all facets of your business. It will be comprehensive, complicated, and come at a high price. And for most construction pros we talk to, most of the time, it's overkill.

BuildIT is narrow in focus, by design. We saw the gap in construction software back in 2000 and how an Internet accessible system could span that gap. So we only focus in 3 main areas: scheduling, file management and communications.

We didn't see the need for more/better construction accounting software. Quickbooks (contractor edition) has been around for some time, and is used by the majority of construction pros that have connected with BuildIT. It's a "back office" system, done offline typically, and by a bookkeeper or consultant.

As for estimating software, we make recommendations but again, most are using a spreadsheet that they have developed... and we're not about to build a watered down version of Excel.

The gap - managing the details, the scheduling, the mountain of information that is created throughout the building process, information that needs to be stored, accessed, communicated/shared, and archived.

We also realized another thing... a printed schedule is out of date about an hour after it's printed. We knew that construction pros needed more than a pretty Gantt chart on a piece of paper. They need a real time scheduling system that keeps all key people on track, singing off the same song sheet. That is where BuildIT really shines. The system integrates your jobs with scheduling, contacts, and files... all project related information is in one place, stored securely, and accessible 24/7 by the folks that need to see it and act on it.

OK, if we're a Swiss Army knife, with 3 attachments, then we're somewhat manageable. Or you can buy construction software like the picture above and spend the next year or two trying to figure it out! Then again, it may be the right decision for your company (there's a buyer for every product out there).

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Anyone can say anything (especially in construction)

I was in a car accident last summer. Got rear-ended big time. I heard the guy behind me lock up his tires, then bang.

Here's a photo - so much for that "new car smell" ! 

Six months later, the insurance company gives me a call.

"For your pain and suffering, we're prepared to offer $X - this is the high end of what we typically offer for soft tissue damage".

My lawyer laughed. He said "add $100,000 to that, and you'd be at the high end".

For a minute there, I smiled, and my opinion of lawyers suddenly changed for the better Laughing 

Then he said, "it's a game, they'll tell you what they want, so you'll settle, and not call a lawyer. Kind of like a used car salesman. They'll tell you pretty much anything to sell the car - buyer beware."

Then I thought about the stuff we read on websites (construction software websites, besides ours of course !) and take as the gospel truth. Sometimes it's downright amusing. Many times it's a lesson in what NOT to do. Sometimes it gets under my skin. Because I know you're reading it too, and some of you may be taking it as the truth.

Here's a quote I read recently:

"Most people who TRY software X, BUY software X". That came right from their CEO.

Seriously, do you believe that? Is that true of any product anywhere in the world? Let me know if you find something where this is true - I want to speak to their marketing department !

A wise mentor once told me that "the truth is good enough".

So here's the truth with respect to BuildIT: "most people who try BuildIT, DON'T buy BuildIT".

We're so high up the search engine rankings, and our website is referenced in a gazillion directories online, that we get people launching free test drives daily, from around the world. Our competitors even take us out for a test drive - they don't even hide the fact. They're certainly not going to buy BuildIT !

Sales 101 - the sales funnel. 

As in any business, you have leads.

A percentage of those leads, the majority, are "just looking", kicking the tires as it were, doing research, getting an idea of what's out there, shortlisting possible solutions for the boss.

Then there is that smaller percentage of leads that are serious, in desparate need of a solution, and we are the best match. They buy (immediately, or eventually with further research), and they benefit.

Like I say, it's like OJ Simpson's glove - it's just gotta fit.

But to get to that point, you've got to put your solution out there, and have folks test drive it.

Haven't started your free test drive yet? No prob, click the big GREEN button in the top right of this page, and you'll be on the inside in minutes !

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1